“They’re Destroying Their OWN Neighborhoods!”

….so far.  And thank God  for that!   But this felicitous state of affairs won’t last.

Two  predictions:

(1)Tonight, or soon, they’ll take the fight to their perceived enemies in the suburbs.  And what do you think will happen then?   (Really, I’m asking.)

(2) There will be no November election.  By then it will be impossible to rely on the mail ( post offices are being burned) and: physical polling locations?  Are you kidding?

(if I’m wrong, don’t bother gloating:  I will be far happier about that than you can possibly be!)

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12 thoughts on ““They’re Destroying Their OWN Neighborhoods!””

  1. Well about taking it to the suburbs. A guy from Pittsburgh told me a memorable story from late 1960s race rioting in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has very distinct neighborhoods and I wish I remembered the names. But there was a tight knit and very white working class neighborhood near the rioting, and the mob headed there. When they arrived the streets were empty and the lights were off …..on every house. Mom and kids were in the basement and Dad was on the porch with a gun…..at every house.  The would-be rioters milled about a little in confusion. Then they left the way they came.

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  2. Hypatia:
    (1)Tonight, or soon, they’ll take the fight to their perceived enemies in the suburbs.

    That’s already happening in the suburban neighborhood in which I grew up (35 miles from urban Detroit). Last time I was home for a visit I noticed while shopping on the town’s main thoroughfare, there were numerous young gangs of black teenage boys roaming the streets. Yes, I did jump to conclusions and I won’t apologize for it.

    I turned to my friend (a local resident since we were kids) and asked “What in the hell is going on here?”

    Her response:

    “Well, they’ve managed to loot and destroy their own neighborhoods so they’re moving on to greener pastures. There has been a significant spike in crime (esp at night) and we’ve complained to the City Council to no avail.”

    Yes, those liberal suburban housewives wouldn’t dream of taking aggressive action for fear of agreeing with the GOP until something happens to their family.

    Just as an aside, as I was walking around one afternoon, I caught one of these youngsters eyeing my LV handbag and retorted, “Just what do you think you’re looking at?”

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  3. It is said that China has a large number of minorities.  It is also said that China experiences large numbers of public protests — many of them related to authorities moving ancestors’ graves to make way for construction projects.

    My guess is that if a protest in China turned violent, there would be a total news blackout, rapid deployment of an armed response, and ringleaders would nobly donate unneeded organs (such as their hearts & lungs) to other people who had a greater need.

    The question is whether it is better to live in a society where violent protest is not tolerated or to live in a society where the police are afraid even to defend their own precinct house?  Personally, I am happy to join in peaceful protests about government over-reach;  but if activists were to turn a peaceful protest violent in my neighborhood, I think I would prefer the Chinese approach.

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  4. Gavin Longmuir:
    The question is whether it is better to live in a society where violent protest is not tolerated or to live in a society where the police are afraid even to defend their own precinct house?

    There actually isn’t a choice. Violent protest is against the law in this country. Rioting, looting, setting off explosives and burning buildings are not legal behavior. Each state has a national guard at their disposal. Use them!

    See: Katrina when the governor refused federal help.

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  5. My prediction … the only thing in suburbia that might get targeted are upscale malls.   Nothing assuages the trauma of police brutality and systemic racism like a free Prada bag, Gucci loafers or the Mr T starter kit from Cartier.

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  6. Hypatia:
    (2) There will be no November election.  By then it will be impossible to rely on the mail ( post offices are being burned) and: physical polling locations?  Are you kidding?

    In my opinion, street toughs aren’t difficult to overcome as a Civil War.

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  7. EThompson:

    Ed K:
    the Mr T starter kit from Cartier.

    Now this I didn’t know about. Giggle. You must keep me abreast on these things. 🙂

    Beyond wedding ring and watch, I’m not a fan of men’s jewelry.    But from Johnny Depp to JZ to Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, too much jewelry, especially necklaces, is a Men’s fashion thing.

    While Im not a fan, if you are going to do it … in for a penny, in for a pound.   Nobody wore it better than Mr T!

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